What do you get when you mix politics with sex? Lots of lurid headlines followed by... the inevitable dropping off of the radar. As part of our "The Update" series, AirTalk revisits some of the most salacious scandals of the year from Arnold Schwarzenegger's lovechild and divorce (he was seen celebrating his birthday with Maria last weekend!) to the latest on the sexual assault case of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, plus Oregon Congressman David Wu's recent resignation. And let's not forget Weiner-gate. What does our collective fascination with the ongoing interplay of sex and power in politicians' private lives tell us about our government today? Should public figures be held accountable for their private behavior? What if our founding fathers were held to the same scrutiny that the 24 hour news cycle enables? If Ben Franklin had a Twitter account or Thomas Jefferson had a Facebook page, we would have a lot more insight into their personal relationships, but would it have changed the course of our nation's political development?
Dr. David Eisenbach, teaches courses on political history and the presidency at Columbia University and he is the co-author with Larry Flynt of the newly released book One Nation Under Sex: How the Private Lives of Presidents, First Ladies and their Lovers Changes the Course of History; He also hosted the History Channel special The Beltway Unbuckled